4 Reasons You'll Love Working with the Elderly
Nov 11, 2015
If you’re thinking of a career in healthcare, you have many options. But have you ever considered specializing in geriatrics? Dedicated professionals like nurses and medical assistants who specialize in working with the elderly often love their jobs. Here are some reasons why:
Your skills are in high-demand! There are more than 44 million people over 65 living in the U.S. and by 2040 their numbers will represent more than a fifth of the population.1 More than one million of them live in nursing homes and many more elderly regularly seek out medical treatment and care.2 Job growth for medical assistants and nurses is expected to be above average through 2022.3/4 There’s a consistent and growing need for people who will minister to the health needs of our elderly population with competency and compassion. You could be one of the healthcare workers making a difference in their lives!
Make their day with your smile. If you already work in the medical field or are interested in training for a career in helping people, it’s likely that you already have natural traits and abilities that make you a great match for work with the elderly. If you’re kind and compassionate and have a real passion for helping others, put those awesome qualities to good work brightening up others’ lives. Working with the elderly requires patience, humor, gentleness and a good-natured approach to life. Often times the people caring for older men and women brighten up their days simply with their presence and their smile.
Build relationships that will change your life. Studies on nursing home staffs have found that people who work with the elderly derive most of their job satisfaction directly from the relationships built with residents. That’s probably because elderly patients are so appreciative. Good relationships between the elderly and those providing their care are good for both parties. The better the relationships, the better the patient outcomes. And the emotional attachment that healthcare workers have with their elderly patients is often considered the greatest reward of their jobs and the reason they stay.5
Your learning will go beyond the job. People from past generations are like time machines. Through the stories they share you can learn about them, their lives and what it was like to live, work and love in a bygone era. Often times healthcare workers with the elderly find that they gain a new perspective and deeper wisdom by listening to those who have lived through many more years than they have, and it gives them a deeper appreciation for their own lives and relationships.
For a rewarding career in healthcare, consider working with the elderly. You could make a real difference in their lives –and your own. At American National University, you can train to become a medical assistant or nurse in less than two years. Contact us today to learn more.
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